Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Warwick families benefitting from Schoolkids Bonus

Joint Media Release with:

  • Senator Louise Pratt
    Senator for Western Australia

Thousands of families in Perth’s northern suburbs are already benefitting from the second instalment of Federal Labor’s Schoolkids Bonus, which is providing welcome relief with back-to-school costs.

The Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin joined West Australian Senator Louise Pratt and local families in Warwick today to explain how the Labor Government is helping local parents to get their kids through school.

Ms Macklin said the Schoolkids Bonus payments has started hitting the bank accounts of more than 9,200 families in Cowan, in time for parents to purchase back-to-school items for Term 3.

“The Schoolkids Bonus helps lighten the load for local families,” Ms Macklin said.

“From last week eligible families started receiving $205 for each child in primary school, and $410 for each child in high school.

“This money helps parents buy uniforms, shoes, school books and stationery, as well as other costs like school excursions, music lessons and sports registration fees.”

Senator Pratt said this is the second instalment this year for local families, with the first instalment arriving before school started in January. In total, local families will receive more than $9.5 million in Schoolkids Bonus payments this year – $410 for each primary school child and $820 for each high school student.

“That’s $9.5 million that is being spent in local businesses like book shops, shoe shops, sports stores, department stores and stationery outlets. It is good for local families and good for local businesses,” Senator Pratt said.

Cowan Liberal MP Luke Simpkins voted against the Schoolkids Bonus in Parliament, and if Tony Abbott is elected Prime Minister, local families will lose this extra money.

Axing the Schoolkids Bonus will mean a typical family with two kids will be $15,000 worse off over the course of their children’s schooling.

“I know a lot of families are feeling the pinch right now, and they rely on this extra support to make sure their kids have everything they need for school,” Ms Macklin said.

“As the school holidays come to an end and parents start getting the kids ready to go back to school, they will know how helpful the Schoolkids Bonus is for them.

“If Tony Abbott becomes Prime Minister, this Schoolkids Bonus payment will be their last.

“Tony Abbott and Luke Simpkin will axe the Schoolkids Bonus and hurt local families.”

Families receiving Family Tax Benefit Part A, as well as young people in school receiving Youth Allowance, and others receiving certain income support or veterans’ payments are eligible for the Schoolkids Bonus.

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